By Kevin Revolinski | Photos courtesy of the respective restaurants

1. Funky Francine at White Winter Winery, Iron River

An Old-Fashioned substitute crafted with house-made Shadow Mist — distilled from black currants and honey wine — Maraschino cherries, juice and lemon-lime soda. Perfect for hot summer days.

2. Lavender Lemonade at Avant Cycle Café, Lake Geneva

Part bike shop and part café, this hotspot is a local favorite. You must have a cup of its Lavender Lemonade — do yourself a favor and get a large. It’s refreshing with the perfect balance of sweet lavender.

3. The Douglas at Wickman House, Ellison Bay

Stop by the historic Wickman House restaurant for an ultra-refreshing, “ahhh, that’s good” moment. This beauty is concocted with house-infused citrus vodka, honey bourbon, lemon juice, honey water, passion fruit puree and a splash of simple syrup. She tastes as fancy as she looks.

4. The Crown Mary at Sobelman’s, Milwaukee

A “loaded” Bloody Mary with all the garnishes plus a cheeseburger slider on a skewer. Your snit (beer chaser) is a Coronita flipped upside down into the glass. Cheers!

5. Prairie Fumé at Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac

One of Wisconsin’s oldest wineries continues to win awards for Prairie Fumé — a citrusy, semi-dry white wine — and there’s no better place to sip some than in sight of the vineyards.

6. Flaming Coffee at Bayside Tavern, Fish Creek

Burning Gosling’s Black Seal 151 Rum, with Grand Marnier, Kahlua and Baileys Irish Cream — plus dashes of sugar caramelized by the flame and shakes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Lastly, of course, a crown of whipped cream. It’s a spectacle, and it’ll certainly have you coming back for more.

7. Salted Caramel Latte at Colectivo Coffee, Milwaukee and Madison

The homegrown Wisconsin coffee shop serves up a shot of espresso with Guittard caramel sauce and steamed milk, topping that with smoked sea salt. Get it hot or cold, and grab a few bags of their grounds to-go.

8.  Wisconsin Belgian Red at New Glarus Brewery, New Glarus

Most beer drinkers know Spotted Cow, but this tangy Belgian-style beer lagered in oak tanks pours red with Door County cherries and is a must- try at their hilltop brewery’s beer garden.


Kevin Revolinski is a Wisconsin outdoors and beer writer and author of "Backroads and Byways of Wisconsin" a guidebook to the best paddling throughout the Badger State. See his website at

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